The alleged appointment of Alhaji Muhammed Abubakar, who retired from active service from the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Department of Economics, Planning, Revenue and Public-Private Partnership has been condemned by a civil society organisation.
This was contained in a statement by the President of the Civil Service Watch for Good Governance (CSWGG), Ambassador Abila Garba, which a copy of was made available to journalists in Abuja.
“We want to, first of all, commend the FCT Minister Malam Muhammad Musa Bello for his creative ideas of creating new departments in the FCT and his current appointment of mandate secretaries and heads of departments and we are highly impressed with the massive construction of roads projects currently going on in the FCT being spearheaded by this administration.
However, at the same time, we rise to condemn vehemently the appointment of this retired civil servant who has been retired and laid out of service for over fifteen years ago.
“For God’s sake, he has been retired and tired by the Federal Government why bringing him in to head a newly created and sensitive department of the FCTA that has more to do with the economic drive of the administration.
“We have been keen followers of the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) and its agencies. We have come to a conclusion that if the appointment of someone who for years was not in touch with new trends and ideas of governance will be allowed to assume office it will demand serious attention since the All Progressives Congress (APC) is believed to have come with a complete fight against corruption, favoritism, and compromise that has eaten deep into the fabric of Nigeria in the past years.
“We have decided to raise this alarm for prompt action by the Minister and for him to have a rethink and be on the same page with Mr. President, because such action, will also send a strong message that President Muhammadu Buhari who is believed would not tolerate incompetency done by past administration no matter who should act fast to correct this anomaly, especially at a time when the FCTA is faced by economic challenges. And we saw recently the reversal of the NNPC board appointment by Mr. President.
” This appointment of the head of the department if not carefully done will cause a stumbling block and go further in blocking international corporations which the FCT Administration has enjoyed for so long. Coupled with
the nature of ineffectiveness of the revenue drive and failed public-private partnership arrangement of the administration over the years.
This time the FCTA led by the Bello should get it right by looking inward. the economic planning of the FCTA is nothing to write home about and it is really going down. Revenue in this aspect is key and very important”
“The CSO also described the appointment as a high plot by some high persons that has a hidden agenda as a “scurrilous campaign to tarnish the image and hard-earned the reputation of the minister.
“The bottom line is that Bello’s reputation as a hard-working patriot working for the best of the country is about to be rubbished” the statement further stated.